A very well written synopsis of the story of Sweeney Todd. Perhaps the author here prefers her writing style to the style of this piece presented at Ray of Light. Perhaps the critic here is not accustomed to intimate theatre settings. I was moved to tears by the vulnerability of Sweeney, Mrs. Lovett and the other players. The execution of the music by the orchestra and the cast is tight and well-balanced (not mentioned by this critic). I appreciate the critic's retelling of one of Sondheim's masterpieces, yet wish she would've taken the time to actually report on the theatrical experience.
@Annonymous Thanks for your response. I'm glad you saw the show differently. I can assure you I am accustomed to intimate theatre settings, but I disagree with your notion that I should "report on the theatrical experience." THE theatrical experience? I think there are as many different theatrical experiences as there are audience members. I agree that I could have made different choices about what to emphasize, but given my space constraints I simply can't address every aspect of a show. I chose the ones that were most salient to me. It appears we simply disagree about the musical execution; I simply couldn't hear many of Sondheim's clever lyrics.